Harm is an alternative to your standard band. Much like a chamber pop collective, they include instruments it is unusual to see in a rock club: a clarinet, a harmonium and a cello. Their music is grande and strange, influenced by Coco Rosie, Portishead and maybe My Brightest Diamond. It’s Hip hop with beats provided by a beat boxer who also writes much of the lyrics. This is certainly an ensemble and the mood they create is special. Rebecca is a graduate of such influential bands as Feeding Frenzy and Haifa. This was my first chance to see them with a cellist. Layla O’Sullivan is also a songwriter and her deep voice compliments Rebecca’s.
A their opener was Small Souls, who seemed to me much influenced by Death Cab for Cutie. Bryan Daste plays pedal steel with Alaskan songwriter Emma Hill.